Spectre and Meltdown Exploits – How are you affected?

Much has been made in the press around the Spectre and Meltdown bugs specific to the CPU in the past week. There is quite a bit of overblown sensationalist information floating around regarding these and other exploits, so we thought it important to briefly discuss how this may affect current and future PC purchases. These bugs are only viable under certain circumstances within specific environments.  To be clear, neither of these exploits are hardware flaws – they are exploits in attempts to read theoretically protected memory.  This does not mean that anyone can read your hard drive or other areas outside of…